We are delighted to be exhibiting paintings and prints by Richard Bawden together with pots by Richard Batterham, both lifelong friends celebrating their 80th birthdays this year.

Richard Bawden RWS NEAC RE is a painter, printmaker and designer working predominantly in lino, etching and watercolour. His work has a graphic, linear quality and a strong sense of craftsmanship, which translates naturally into many forms. These have included book illustration, murals for restaurants, engraved glass, church windows and doors, a poster for London Transport, mosaics and furniture.

Born in 1936, the son of the well-known artist, Edward Bawden RA, Richard studied painting, printmaking and graphic design at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College of Art. His subject-matter is wide ranging - from his Suffolk sitting room, cats, and garden to townscapes and landscapes. 

'Visually excited by what I see, I am driven by compulsion to draw and paint…Sometimes I am excited by the sheer grandeur of a place, and sometimes by the richness and depth of colour and texture. I am not ashamed to say that I love decoration yet also the presence of monumental geometric simplicity and
the tension of a straight line.'

Richard Batterham is one of the most highly respected and admired potters of his generation making some of the finest stoneware in the world. Born in 1936, Richard went to Bryanston School where he spent time making pottery under the guidance of Donald Potter, a student of Eric Gill, who had also worked with Michael Cardew. 

After National Service, Richard joined the Leach Pottery in St Ives where he worked for two years under Bernard Leach before returning to his native Dorset in 1959, where he and his wife Dinah set up their first pottery.

Richard has been making pots for 55 years and although he does not mark his pots, they are unmistakably his….wonderfully earthy and practical to be used and held every day. 'They're things to hold, not to gawp at' he says. 

'When you make something really good, you recognize it right away. Most people see it too. You develop by focusing on the really good pots…My favourite is the making, I'm always in a brighter frame of mind when I'm making - throwing, handling, putting spouts on, assembling teapots and all that sort of thing. Once I get going I can't be stopped!'

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